Monday, July 19, 2010

Croke Park: Dublin

Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years. Dubliner’s commonly refer to it as “Croker”. Croke Park is the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Since 1884, the site has been primarily used by the GAA to host Gaelic games (such as the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Senior Hurling Championship) and music concerts by major international acts. The stadium also hosted the famed 1996 Notre Dame vs Navy college football game and is the proposed setting for the 2012 Notre Dame vs Navy rematch. With its capacity to seat 82,300 people, it is the third largest stadium in Europe.

The Croke Park Stadium Tour offers an indepth look at the history of this modern sporting arena. Stadium tours take place on a daily basis throughout the year. Please note that while they are working on introducing a match day tour, currently the Stadium Tour is not offered on match days.

Visitors may also want to visit the GAA Museum at Croke Park. The GAA Museum was established to recognise and celebrate the GAA’s enormous contribution to Irish sporting, cultural and social life. The museum details the history of the GAA at home and abroad through its’ vast collection of artifacts such as hurleys, jerseys, trophies, programs, etc.

Located in the midst of everything Dublin, Croke Park is a short 15 minute walk from the main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street.

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